Northern Ireland

Children's lives were 'put at risk' in Muff gun attack

The Irish police say children could have been killed in a gun attack on a house in Muff in County Donegal.

A man and two children aged nine and eleven were in the house when a motorcycle passenger fired a shot at the front window at about 2100 GMT on Monday.

Inspector David Kelly said it was a miracle no-one was injured.

"Not only were there people in the house, but there were children playing outside.

"It was a very shocking experience for the children. Somebody could have been very seriously injured or killed."

He said he was keeping an open mind about the motive for the attack.

Local TD, Padraig Maclochlainn, blamed "self appointed vigilantes".

"People are shocked that a house was attacked with children inside it," he said.

"The reality in Donegal and Derry is that there are policing structures in place to deal with any concerns and there's no place for vigilantes to take the law into their own hands."

The property, at Wheatfield, remains cordoned off, and Irish police are at the scene.